Sunday, January 24, 2021

LIVE MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT: PART 2 ARCHITECTURE, DESIGN, DINING & SHOPPING

In our , we continue our walk with our dog Hudson around the Miami Design District near downtown Miami which is known for its sleek modern architecture, fashion boutiques, art galleries, interior design stores and restaurants. 

Part 2: https://youtu.be/aIANK30UbCU 

Note this is Part 2 of our walk around Miami's Design District. 

Here is the link to watch Part 1: https://youtu.be/6jIKOPz1P2o




Saturday, January 23, 2021

There are 36 candy-colored Lifeguard Towers dotting the coastline of Miami Beach from the tip of South Beach all the way up to 87th Street.

Full video: https://youtu.be/uWRCKGxKw4g 

These unique Art Deco towers started popping up after Hurricane Andrew hit Miami Beach in the early 1990s. The first towers were designed and built by Architect William Lane and many more were built as a result of design competitions. In our latest livestream YouTube video, we walk with our dog Hudson along the Beach Walk in Miami Beach and make frequent stops to walk on the sand and see the iconic Lifeguard Towers and the sunbathers. 

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Friday, January 22, 2021

The Rail Line Diner on W. 23rd St in Chelsea has sadly permanently closed.

Full video: https://youtu.be/EPlojbFeQeA

This spot on the corner of 9th Avenue has been a diner for over 20 years but it just could not weather the pandemic. Most diners have huge menus and need lots of staff so overhead costs are high making it difficult to operate without indoor dining. Thankfully there is a diner directly across the street from where this one was located, which is still in business so our hopes are high that at least one diner can remain near the iconic Chelsea Hotel. 

• We walk and see this closed diner in our Chelsea YouTube video on our way to get photographic supplies at B&H Photo & Video. 

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Azucar Ice Cream Company on Calle Ocho (SW 8th Street) in the heart of the Little Havana

Azucar Ice Cream Company on Calle Ocho (SW 8th Street) in the heart of the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami specializes in homemade Cuban 🇨🇺 ice cream 🍨 including many tropical flavors.  

Full video: https://youtu.be/liK5sMZ9whY 

We not only love their delicious ice cream but also their creative signage with the multi-scoop ice cream 🍦cone! In our latest livestream YouTube video, we visit @azucaricecream and try all their top 3 flavors including “Abuela Maria” which is a Cuban vanilla ice cream laced with ripe guava, chunks of cream cheese and crushed Maria cookies.



Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Old Homestead Steakhouse on Ninth Avenue near West 14th Street is one of longest continuously operating restaurants in the United States as it was founded in 1868.

It has been run by the same family (the Sherry family) for three generations. This photo from 2010 appears in our book “New York Nights”. 

•Full video: https://youtu.be/EPlojbFeQeA 

In our latest YouTube video, we walk along 9th Ave with our dog Hudson to check out the dedicated outdoor dining area @oldhomestead_steakhouse has and speak about its beautiful neon sign and mascot!



Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Stella’s Pizza on Ninth Avenue in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan has been in business since the 1960s.

We love this old-school pizzerias neon signage and stainless steel facade and their spinach white pizza! 

Full video: https://youtu.be/EPlojbFeQeA 

• You can see Stella’s Pizza and their beautiful exterior and in our latest YouTube video, where we walk along Ninth Avenue to visit @bhphoto which is NYC’s largest camera supply store. 

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Sunday, January 17, 2021

The Boulevard Hotel on Ocean Drive in South Beach, Miami was built in 1950 in the Miami Modern style.

We love the grooved northern part of the facade with its red neon-lined “ziggurat parapet roof line”. 

Full video: https://youtu.be/6IVOW1L2b5o 

•In our latest livestream YouTube video, we walk with our dog Hudson to see all the Art Deco hotels, buildings and outdoor dining options along the Ocean Drive pedestrian-only thoroughfare. We stop at many places of interest including the Versace Mansion, the Clevelander Hotel, the Caryle (where the Birdcage was filmed) and the Art Deco building near the Colony Hotel where the movie Scarface was filmed. 

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